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Was Closing Your PayPal Account on Your Year End List?

It made it onto mine. Closed my eBay account quite some time ago. When eBay was America’s garage sale it was cool, now that it is nothing but store fronts it is shit. I had one person creating/resizing covers for the geek books I was releasing on the Espresso Book Machine who needed to be paid via PayPal so that kept the account around a while. Today I got some kind of PayPal spam/scam email and that reminded me to shut the account down. You know, I had problems with credit cards I put on PayPal in the past. I know they constantly make claims about how good their security is, but, one reads stories and stories and stories and stories. Then there were the penalties instead of the CEO… Read more >

DaBurger

DaBears, day suck, but at DaTailgate you have DaBurger and all is right with the world. Sports fans have been snatching up a delicious tasting pork burger at both the United Center and Soldier’s Field for some time now. That’s right, pork. Brought to them by the Illinois Pork Producers Association. It was an honest effort to get people to eat more pork and the offspring of a national marketing campaign nobody heard of “Pork, the other white meat.” The fact the sandwiches were delicious goes without saying; people won’t pay sporting event prices for food which tastes or chews like plywood. Out of towners and locals alike kept asking “where they could get it” so they could cook them at home. Thus, Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) got their… Read more >

Review: Relic and Relic II

Sometimes I actually get around to catching up on my personal to-do list. Back when we started this blog I ordered my fellow authors books from Barnes & Noble with every intention of reading and providing feedback. You can scroll back to the very first post on this blog if you care to know just how long ago that was. Recently I finished reading “Relic” and “Relic II.” I must say I was quite impressed with these books, especially Relic II. For anyone interested in reading them I offer this advice, obtain them both and binge read. Both of these books are novella in length with the second just a touch longer than the first.   When I finished reading the first I liked the pacing and writing, but I… Read more >

Good’nuff

I’m a pilot of airplanes and therefore a sucker for a story involving anything that flies.  We all know about a true-life tale of two US Airways pilots managing to “dead stick” an airliner full of passengers into New York’s Hudson River without engines. Hollywood notwithstanding, doing this successfully is nearly impossible.  Yet a pair of talented pilots pulled it off and now there’s a movie titled Sully. Saving one hundred and fifty-five people is frankly Hollywood stuff, and yet here it is. So, how’d they do it and what does this have to do with writing? These two aviators used a skill often ignored by other pilots and writers alike. Certainly, ditching is in the manual, but no one practices landing a non-seaplane in the water. The tool they… Read more >

Writers Tend to Forget the Lore

Some time ago I was working at a client site which used one of those popular time wasters for communicating. You know, one of those slack/snap/whatever chat things where millenials while away hours “discussing work” getting absolutely nothing done. Out of the blue one of my coworkers posted what at first looked like an indecipherable block of text. A few clicks later it turned out to be Lorem Ipsum. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa… Read more >

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